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by PeterC
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4223

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

Not below the path of seeing. not totally, no, same as every other method. There are many other faults of this monopole negation. You can read Gorampa , Ganden Chopel, Mipham etc., yourself and discover what they are. I have discovered what these authors believe they are, I dont find them impressiv...
by PeterC
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2409

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

I certainly am thankful for your kindness and you have a lot to propound to others. But I know who I am and I know my Path and have always known it. Just don't build yourself a philosophical castle of what you mentally speculate to be the Dharmic Teachings, because you might just be going against t...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2409

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

Don't get caught in materialistic nonsense. We are luminous beings, not this crude matter. Just because something sounds profound, doesn't mean it *is* profound. It could just be nonsense, like quoting Star Wars in a discussion on the Dharma. And PvS is not wrong. He is simply saying what is stated...
by PeterC
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4223

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

A common Sakya criticism of Tsongkhapa is that he was an "upside down" gzhan stong pa. I have no idea what that means. It means that Tsongkhapa also argued for a kind of extrinsic emptiness. Tables aren’t empty of tables, they are only empty of inherent existence. Is this what Gendun Chopel critici...
by PeterC
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2409

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

You're completely missing the point here. Shaun C is a committed, practicing Buddhist, his wife is a practicing Catholic. It's not about him adopting her tenets or vice a versa, and them piling it all together into an inconsistent meal of religious pluralism soup. It's about them being able to sit ...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism
Replies: 83
Views: 2409

Re: Abrahamic religions and Buddhism

My wife is a practising catholic and I've been practising Buddhism since before we met. Next august we've been married for 20 years. I go to mass with her at Christmas and Easter and she occasionally accompanies me to the Thai buddhist temple. Neither of us has ever been the recipient of any animos...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4223

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

...but my impression from a couple of Sakya khenpos is the same as JD's, that the most prevalent perspective is freedom from extremes... Yes. That is what I said. From what I can tell, the only school which is exclusively Madhyamaka is the Gelug school. (Or it was before HHDL started forcing his no...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?
Replies: 108
Views: 4223

Re: Kagyu lineage/school which teaches shentong mahamudra or dzogchen?

Shentong is also not taught in Sakya that I know of... I believe that Sakya teaches both, but primarily Madhyamaka. In fact the first time I ever heard about Shentong was in a teaching by Deshung R. in the '80s. Sakyapas certainly study both because they study everything, but my impression from a c...
by PeterC
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission

karmanyingpo wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:29 am So what I am getting is that sometimes it is ok to do it without the tri and other times it is not because there is info you need that is not written out.
...and you don’t know which it is unless...you get the tri. So get the tri.
by PeterC
Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Is it ever negative to receive a transmission

Sorry I don't mean that mastering the practice is easy. Even ngondro is difficult for me, so I wouldn't say riwo sangchod is easy. But I meant easy in terms of following the instructions in the text, not easy in terms of doing it well. for me, even following the instructions in the text is not easy...
by PeterC
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1030814

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

"During his visited he (CNNR) suggested to Lama Tsultrim that Tara Mandala become a "Dam Trog" of the Dzogchen Community, meaning a Samaya Fellowship, an associated organization that operates independently but shares many practices and transmissions. Lama Tsultrim was happy to accept this suggestio...
by PeterC
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music do you listen to
Replies: 84
Views: 2416

Re: What music do you listen to

Queequeg wrote: Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:19 pm I appreciate RunDMC, but I was never thought it was great, but I realize I'm not going to have a lot of company among rap/hip hop historians.
You’re putting down Run DMC and praising the Beastie Boys? This is serious revisionist history.
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music do you listen to
Replies: 84
Views: 2416

Re: What music do you listen to

It's not the 1980s anymore, and I think with the benefit of hindsight, it's ok to say that the Beastie Boys really weren't very good Paul's Boutique is a great. You might need to regress into a teenage boy to appreciate it, but its dope. License to Ill... well I was in 7th grade when that came out ...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music do you listen to
Replies: 84
Views: 2416

Re: What music do you listen to

It's not the 1980s anymore, and I think with the benefit of hindsight, it's ok to say that the Beastie Boys really weren't very good
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What "finishing" ngondro means
Replies: 27
Views: 1093

Re: What "finishing" ngondro means

My teacher seems to work more on the basis of recommendations rather than hard commitments. So for example he said to try to accumulate X number of this or that mantra but he isn't demanding it as a hard requirement, but rather requesting that we try if we want to take dzogchen teachings from him. ...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What "finishing" ngondro means
Replies: 27
Views: 1093

Re: What "finishing" ngondro means

So, if it's appropriate to say, did you meet those requirements eventually? Yes, of course. I don't take on commitments that I can't uphold, and wouldn't advise anyone else to. Also is it a strict requirement to do those daily once dzogchen empowerments are taken? I am not very knowledgeable on tha...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What "finishing" ngondro means
Replies: 27
Views: 1093

Re: What "finishing" ngondro means

100.000 for each syllable is standard What about the x4 because we're in the kali yuga? We don't want to be cheating ourselves... (Though by that logic - if you were doing, say, Vajrasattva as yidam, then you should be doing 111k x 100 x 4 mantras. So a bit over 44 million. At, let's say, twelve se...
by PeterC
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: What "finishing" ngondro means
Replies: 27
Views: 1093

Re: What "finishing" ngondro means

100.000 for each syllable is standard What about the x4 because we're in the kali yuga? We don't want to be cheating ourselves... (Though by that logic - if you were doing, say, Vajrasattva as yidam, then you should be doing 111k x 100 x 4 mantras. So a bit over 44 million. At, let's say, twelve se...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7780
Views: 1030814

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

I'll bet it's the same old stuff, accusations of being a crypto-Bonpo, not "traditional" enough, etc. It’s a little sad that despite all the lamas who were happy to associate with him - including the family of TUR, HHDL, and non-crypto-Bonpo Yongdzin R - this sort of whispering still goes on. I tri...
by PeterC
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music do you listen to
Replies: 84
Views: 2416

Re: What music do you listen to

Leonard Cohen took refuge and spent a number of years in semi-retreat, and certainly understood the suffering of samsara. But he also insisted that he was still a tirthika - specifically he never renounced Judaism - and I wouldn’t really describe him as a Bodhisattva. A good person, perhaps.

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